Manchester United captain, Wayne Rooney was dropped by manager, José Mourinho for the clubs first UEFA Europa League tie at Feyenoord.
England and Manchester United captain, Rooney was dropped by manager, José Mourinho for the clubs first UEFA Europa League tie at Feyenoord.
José Mourinho in a press conference has explained why the Forward-come-Midfielder was rested.
“Well, he plays every game since the beginning of the season.
“He played also ninety minutes for the England team. He played ninety minutes last weekend.
“I want him to be fresh for the next Premier League match.
“This is not a competition that Man. United wants. It is not the competition I want, it is not the competition the players want, but it is the competition where we are and that’s the reality,”.
With Zlatan in the squad, having also played every match so far and with him being older than Rooney, fans were a little less believing of the managers reason for not bringing the Captain.
Russell said: “Rooney finally dropped from the squad. For once real talent can get a chance instead of starting a finished player.”
Another fan, Yousaf, responding on Sunday to Saturday’s defeat to Manchester City wrote:
“Rooney and Zlatan in the same team doesn’t work one of them needs to be dropped and it’s not Zlatan.”
Rooney and Zlatan in the same team doesn't work one of them needs to be dropped and it's not Zlatan.
— Yousaf (@codzillaHD_) September 11, 2016
Other fans are suggesting rooney is too big a player for the UEFA Europa League and Mourinho is keeping him fresh to start vs Watford at the Weekend.
A Manchester United fan page, The United Stand tweeted: “Why are fans moaning that Rooney is being rested for Watford? He will never be dropped while he has a contract at United #MUFC”
Why are fans moaning that Rooney is being rested for Watford? He will never be dropped while he has a contract at United.#MUFC
— The United Stand (@UnitedStandMUFC) September 14, 2016
Contrary to that comment, Sir Alex didn’t hesitate in dropping the then Striker during a very important Champions League clash versus Real Madrid, but that’s another story.
Whatever the REAL reason, we’re just happy there’s been football on every night this week, so far! Long may it continue.